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Black bees behaving strangely

Observed: 13th September 2012 By: Eleanor5101
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I have watched, so far, about 10 black bumblebees with orange bottoms. They are crawling around slowly on a patch of grass in the sun. They then seem to keel over and die. I have gently picked up a few and put them on a flower bed, but they are still dying. Is this the end of their season, and why are they crawling on the grass? Help, please. I do have a short film of it, but cannot work out how to upload it from my iPad.

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Amadan's picture

Have a look at these sites

http://www.bumblebee.org/faqBehaviour.htm
and
http://hercules.users.netlink.co.uk/Bee.html
I think that between them you may discover the answer.